On September 12, 1962, John F. Kennedy stood in front of a large crowd in Houston, Texas, and said, “We choose to go to the Moon”.
In his speech, JFK committed to landing a man safely on the Moon and bringing him back before the decade was out.
At the time he said it, he didn’t know if it was possible.
In fact, it wasn’t possible with the technology they had in 1962.
But his public declaration fired people up, and NASA made it happen.
One of my favourite (and most horrifying) things to do is commit to something I’m not sure I can achieve.
Because if I make a public declaration of intent, I’m damn well going to do my best to make it happen.
“But what if you don’t succeed?” I ask myself.
Well, so what? That’s okay, because I’ll be a damn sight closer than if I’d never tried at all.
I might not make the two-year financial goal I’ve set myself – but I’ve committed to it anyway, to family and friends, because even if we don’t quite get there, we’ll be much further ahead than if we just carry on as we are.
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Please do share any articles from this site in part or in full — as long as you leave all links intact, give credit to the author, and include a link to this website and the following bio. Vicky is a gin-quaffing, pole-dancing, trapeze-swinging copywriter who writes about the perils and joys of writing, velociraptor training, and running a small business. She writes this stuff on her websites vickyfraser.com and cookiesforbreakfast.co.uk. She’s the author of one book (with two more in utero) and teaches small business owners how to write copy that sells, and how to be more fecking interesting. You can follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.